JD Hillberry
Realistic Drawing Workshops
Schedule for 2018

NOTE: My workshops can sell out very fast. To make sure you don't miss out...

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March 29 - 31, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Subject: Portraits - Rough Skin/Dark Background

pencil drawing by JD Hillberry
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Character Study of "Hook"
Rough Skin/Dark Background

In this workshop you'll learn the techniques needed to create a portrait which includes rough wrinkled skin, white hair and beard, against a background with a graduated value from dark to light. 

If you have struggled with achieving a realistic skin texture or getting your portrait drawings to really "pop" off the page though the use of backgrounds, this class is for you.

Once you understand these core concepts and techniques you'll be able to use this knowledge to help give all your drawings a much more realistic look.

April 12 - 14, 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Subject: Realistic TexturesExample of what you will learn
This is an example of how I render glass and water.
NOTE: Your final project will be a different glass and water, or a shiny metal cup

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About this Class

Realistic Textures

I've had a lot of requests to conduct a class that would incorporate many of the subjects and textures that artists have difficulty with... like glass, reflective metal, water, fur, clouds, etc.

In my previous workshops, I've answered many questions about how to render these subjects realistically.  Now you'll have a chance to watch demonstrate exactly how they are done and to follow along with my guidance.
I spend much of my time walking around the class giving individual attention to insure you understand the specific techniques and concepts needed to draw each of these subjects.

After that, I'll provide you with two reference photos to choose from for the final project.

I'm in the process of setting up more workshops for 2019

Below are a few workshops that were conducted in 2018
to give you an idea of various subject matter and locations.
October 19 - 21
Milpitas, California
(Bay area near San Jose)

Subject: Portraits - Smooth Skin

Smooth Skin Portrait by JD Hillberry
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Smooth Skin

This class will focus the techniques necessary to create realistic looking smooth skin texture on females and babies.

Students will learn all about, laying out a portrait to insure a likeness, and shading the portrait to give it dimension and realism as well as getting that sparkle in the eyes that really make a portrait come to life. 

Reference photos will be discussed in depth, and students will learn how to identify and solve potential problems. The class will culminate with everyone (including me) drawing the portrait on the left.

November 16 - 18
Austin, Texas
The second leg of my Texas Workshops!

Subject: Realistic Still Life

Drawing by JD Hillberry
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Still Life

"Onions and Garlic"

In this class, we will all be drawing my Onions and Garlic drawing. Students will also learn how to create a graduated background from light gray to dark black and learn how the great renaissance masters used this technique to create more depth and dimension with their subjects.

Thoughout my career as an artist, I've learned more from studying still life drawings and paintings than any other genre. With this simple subject, you will gain the invaluable knowledge of composition, contrast, along with subtle texture and shading, which will carry over to virtually everything you draw in the future.

Lighting situations for general still life art will be discussed and demonstrated, as well as how light can affect the appearance of these varied textures.

Reference photos and drawing from life will be discussed in depth, and students will learn how to identify and solve potential problems when working with both.


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